Skip To Content
Sample of thumbnail watercolor sketches with brushes and paints Thumbnails in Watercolor CEXTN15-202240 is a Course

Thumbnails in Watercolor CEXTN15-202240

Mar 16 - Mar 17, 2022

$35 Enroll

Full course description

Wednesday, 3/16/2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm, online

Instructor Amy Hibbs

This class teaches how to use thumbnail sketches in watercolor as a valuable tool for working out compositions before embarking on a larger piece. It's also a great way to relax by making tiny paintings. We will make two sets of thumbnails, the first will be traditional simplified sketches with pencils and watercolor. The second set uses the thumbnail format to create small abstract paintings one deliberate brushstroke at a time. The process encourages meditation on the qualities of each stroke and  color. 

The instructor will provide images though students are welcome to use their own images.

This workshop is for all levels

Materials to be purchased by students:

Image: please bring one image that interests you as a potential composition. It can be any image, but one that has a wide range of values is best. It can be a digital image or something printed. 

Watercolors: please have a basic set of paints. You don’t need an extensive number of colors for this exercise. A basic kit with 8-12 colors will be fine. 

Brush: One round brush, size 4 or 6. A flat brush, size 8 is also useful.

Mixing dish, palette, or the lid of your watercolor set

Lots of water to keep your brush extra clean between colors

rag for wiping your brush

Paper: Watercolor paper is best. Please prepare one sheet with 5-6 squares, each about 1.5" and a 5 x 5 grid with squares at least 1.5 x 1.5 inches, iIdeally with some space between each square so your colors don't bleed together. You might want extra paper, scraps are fine, for testing colors.